Wednesday, 28 May 2008

[Mercato] Gilardino makes Viola switch

Fiorentina have announced the signing of striker Alberto Gilardino from AC Milan for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old Gilardino, who has been capped 25 times by Italy, had a disappointing season at Milan where his appearances were limited once Brazilian forward Alexandre Pato had broken into the side in January.

Gilardino joined Milan from Parma in 2005 and scored 29 Serie A goals in his first two seasons at the San Siro.

At Fiorentina, with whom he has reportedly signed a five-year contract, he will be reunited with his former Parma coach Cesare Prandelli and strike partner Adrian Mutu.

Gilardino scored 23 goals in both 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons while at the Stadio Ennio Tardini.

Milan missed out on a place in next season's UEFA Champions League after finishing fifth in Serie A, one place behind Fiorentina, who go into the third qualifying round.

Source: UEFA

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